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Theater Department of STA & Visitation

Theatrical opportunities abound for Saint Thomas Academy and Convent of the Visitation School students. Involvement in VISTA Productions allows you to apply your scholastic knowledge while nurturing your creative talents. We offer a wide variety of theatrical productions ranging from classical works such as Shakespeare to contemporary pieces by national and local playwrights.

Our season also includes instruction in comedy improvisation techniques, dance and choreography, with numerous opportunities for student leadership in the creative and production process. Every year, we strive to design a season that challenges and enlightens our students while helping them discover their talents.

2015-16 Season

Wendy Short-Hays and Elliott Hays, directors of VISTA Productions, are excited about the new collaborations this year. Learn more about VISTA Productions opportunities for you—including acting, singing, scenic, and technichal crews.

Theatre kick-off meeting

Thursday, August 27, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
DeSales Auditorium at Visitation
At this fun and active meeting you will learn about the many opportunities offered through our theatre program. Led by the VISTA Theatre Council, Artistic Director and, Technical Director, you will get an overview of our production season, tours our awesome stage and shop spaces, meet other students who participate in theatre and have a chance to ask questions. We may even through in a theatre improv game or two.

Theatre Immersion Workshops

Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1
DeSales Auditorium at Visitation
At the Thursday meeting you will be able to sign up for some exciting workshops offered by our theatre production staff. No prior experience needed!

Dance for Musical Theatre:  Following an extensive warm up participants learn dance “tools of the trade” which will be then woven into a choreographed number from a Broadway show. We may even challenge ourselves and learn the vocal parts!

Technical Theatre Exploration:  Ever wonder what it is like to call a show or how lighting and sound enhance a production? This hands-on session will give you a glimpse into these important aspects of production.

Auditions for the fall play, Our Town

Monday, September 7, 3:15-5:30 p.m.
Black Box Rehearsal Room at Visitation
Questions? Contact Wendy Short-Hays at 651-683-1750 or wshorthays@vischool.org
You will be given something to read from the script at the audition. Callbacks will be on Tuesday, September 8th.

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Our Town by Thornton Wilder

The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the small town of Grover's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic. It is Thornton Wilder's most renowned and most frequently performed play.

November 13, 14, 20, 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
November 15, 22 @ 2:00 p.m.

Full Circle presents Old Turtle

In this profoundly moving fable, the Earth and all its creatures are suffering, for the people will not share their Truth, which gives them happiness and power, with those who are different from them. Then one brave Little Girl seeks the wisdom of the ancient Old Turtle, who sees that the people's Truth is not a whole truth, but broken.

January 29, 30 @ 7:30 p.m.
January 31 @ 2:00 p.m.

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The Wiz
Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, book by William F. Brown

This "super soul" 1975 Tony Award-winner for best musical retells L. Frank Baum's classic The Wizard of Oz in the context of African-American culture... which VISTA Productions retells again, but now in the context of Salesian culture. Because, aren't we all God's children?

April 22, 23, 29, 30 @ 7:30 p.m.
April 24, May 1 @ 2:00 p.m.